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Offline GoingMyWay

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Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« on: October 24, 2022, 01:58 PM »
I took advantage of the Bridge City Tools closeout at Lee Valley recently.  This is a nice kit.





I used the jigsaw table that I recently made to cut some chopstick blanks out of cherry and walnut.









I made some chopsticks with both the included chopstick blanks as well as the homemade ones.









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Offline smorgasbord

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2022, 02:26 PM »
The scariest thing about making chopsticks is that suddenly almost every piece of scrap in the shop is not throw-away-able/burnable.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2022, 02:28 PM »
Yep.  The chopstick blanks are only 7mm x 7mm x 270mm.  I'm hoping to make a bunch as gifts for Christmas this year.
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Offline sammy.se

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2022, 04:33 PM »
Cool.
What finish will you use?

Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2022, 04:35 PM »
Nice!

I'm sorely tempted by that kit, but it's a fortune here in OZ.

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2022, 04:49 PM »
Cool.
What finish will you use?

I haven't applied anything yet, but I was planning on soaking them in mineral oil and then applying a coating of Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.

Nice!

I'm sorely tempted by that kit, but it's a fortune here in OZ.

I ordinarily wouldn't have bought it myself at the regular price of $279.95 USD, but the discounted price was $155 so I couldn't pass up a deal like that.
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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2022, 05:38 PM »
It's fun seeing someone take advantage of that sales price. Those look nice!   
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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2022, 05:50 PM »
The scariest thing about making chopsticks is that suddenly almost every piece of scrap in the shop is not throw-away-able/burnable.

Wrong. The scariest thing about making chopsticks is the overwhelming realisation that you’re going to have to use them to eat chicken soup  [eek]

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2022, 06:11 PM »
It's fun seeing someone take advantage of that sales price. Those look nice!

Thanks!

The scariest thing about making chopsticks is that suddenly almost every piece of scrap in the shop is not throw-away-able/burnable.

Wrong. The scariest thing about making chopsticks is the overwhelming realisation that you’re going to have to use them to eat chicken soup  [eek]

Eating the noodles and chicken from the soup might not be too bad, but the broth is a different story [big grin].  I did make an attempt at hand carving a spoon, but that hasn't gone too well so far.
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Offline WillB

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2022, 02:17 PM »
Very cool, I was tempted too when I saw that sale... except I never use chopstix.
Other than chopsticks, I assume u can make any taper with it?
what is the width and length of the piece the holder can hold for taper?

I guess LV closed out BCT, just not selling well...

Offline WillAdams

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2022, 02:52 PM »
I suspect the closeout was more due to on-going sales by BCTW (which they seem to be doing so as to ensure a consistent cash flow? Just a guess, but if you look at the value of what's going up for sale based on the quantities offered that seems to be the case).

There are 3 different inserts available, the included one (for a standard taper), a second, more acute one (I think it's green? Mine is out on loan) and a third which lets one make straight pieces (for inlay) --- it's not possible to do arbitrary angles, though I guess one could make additional inserts for specific angles w/in the limitations of the machine geometry.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2022, 05:04 PM »
As soon as John sold his business, and all BCT tools became no longer made in the US, I knew a big part of the original herd of BCT customers was gone. When it comes to woodworking tools, don't underestimate the value of the Made in USA label. If Woodpeckers started to offshore its manufacturing, would people still be willing to pay the premium prices? Obviously not.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2022, 05:21 PM »
As soon as John sold his business, and all BCT tools became no longer made in the US, I knew a big part of the original herd of BCT customers was gone. When it comes to woodworking tools, don't underestimate the value of the Made in USA label. If Woodpeckers started to offshore its manufacturing, would people still be willing to pay the premium prices? Obviously not.

Not exactly arguing but I am curious on this. Made in China doesn't have the same negative connotation it did once, since mostly things are made on the same high end machines now. Granted there is still junk out there, but overall I think quality is darned good.

I have a fully loaded, never assembled JMP sitting in the boxes. It was an impulse buy, not sure if I'll ever use it. BUT, you can buy the Harvey equivelant now for <50% of what it cost me. I wonder if anyone will pay me a premium for the label.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2022, 05:23 PM »
It's fun seeing someone take advantage of that sales price. Those look nice!

Thanks!

The scariest thing about making chopsticks is that suddenly almost every piece of scrap in the shop is not throw-away-able/burnable.

Wrong. The scariest thing about making chopsticks is the overwhelming realisation that you’re going to have to use them to eat chicken soup  [eek]

Eating the noodles and chicken from the soup might not be too bad, but the broth is a different story [big grin].  I did make an attempt at hand carving a spoon, but that hasn't gone too well so far.

Hollow chopstick = straw...

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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2022, 05:25 PM »
Hollow chopstick = straw...

RMW

HA, I hadn't thought of that!
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Offline ChuckS

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2022, 05:42 PM »
Snip.
Not exactly arguing but I am curious on this. Made in China doesn't have the same negative connotation it did once, since mostly things are made on the same high end machines now. Granted there is still junk out there, but overall I think quality is darned good.


RMW
I'm not referring to quality. Harvey's manufacturing capability is as good as. or probably better than BCT's. Harvey's table saws and dust collection systems have received great reviews even though they are not very common in North America. It's the perception that BCT is no longer the BCT when its goods were made in the US that set it apart from other imported tools and manufacturers. Here's another example. Many Lost Art Press stuff can be sold at the kind of prices it asks is simple because Chris Schwarz insists that from books to tools to gadgets to clothing be made in the US. He operates in a niche market, and so did John.


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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2022, 06:01 PM »
Snip.
Not exactly arguing but I am curious on this. Made in China doesn't have the same negative connotation it did once, since mostly things are made on the same high end machines now. Granted there is still junk out there, but overall I think quality is darned good.


RMW
I'm not referring to quality. Harvey's manufacturing capability is as good as. or probably better than BCT's. Harvey's table saws and dust collection systems have received great reviews even though they are not very common in North America. It's the perception that BCT is no longer the BCT when its goods were made in the US that set it apart from other imported tools and manufacturers. Here's another example. Many Lost Art Press stuff can be sold at the kind of prices it asks is simple because Chris Schwarz insists that from books to tools to gadgets to clothing be made in the US. He operates in a niche market, and so did John.

Fair point. In that regard it comes down to pride-of-ownership versus functionality. Assuming Harvey maintained quality, which I absolutely do, the function of the item hasn't changed.

I'm open to offers on the JMP2...  [smile]

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2022, 06:51 PM »
I have looked at the chopstick maker but it was far to away from what I envisioned I would use it for enough to justify.

I have some BCT items, but I'll really have to think twice or more before purchasing.  I am not worried about the quality.  I am worried about replacement parts and use items.  For instance, I bought a JS-7 saw prior to Harvey and would love to use it.  But you can't get replacement blades.  And sharpening those is probably not an option. 

Looks pretty though...

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2022, 07:25 PM »
I don’t know about specific tools but many BCT tools had been made by Harvey for some years before the sale of the company.

Dowelmax is also made overseas.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2022, 08:57 PM »
I don’t know about specific tools but many BCT tools had been made by Harvey for some years before the sale of the company.

Dowelmax is also made overseas.
To clarify, John sold two different batches of some of the same tools, one made in China by Harvey, and one made in the US. They were priced differently (of course, the Made in the US ones cost more (30% more? I couldn't remember the exact difference)), and were also marked differently regarding where they were made. The Chopstick makers were one of them.

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Re: Chopsticks Made with the Bridge City Chopstick Master
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2022, 05:56 PM »
Not exactly arguing but I am curious on this. Made in China doesn't have the same negative connotation it did once, since mostly things are made on the same high end machines now. Granted there is still junk out there, but overall I think quality is darned good.

I recall growing up in the 70s and hearing that everything Japanese was junk, poorly made, and would break easily. Not usually what people think of Japanese-made products these days. Things change. Granted, not every factory will make high-end products simply because the factory's customer doesn't want to pay for high-end.

When I got my Italian-made Laguna bandsaw, it was just an Italian saw rebranded when imported, but very well made. The Laguna salesperson was chatting with me about their other products and bashing a bunch of them because they were made in China. Seemed odd from a salesperson about their own products. It just meant that they were conditioned to blame any issues on made-in-China because they did no QC or rather they didn't want to pay for QC.
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